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RV Captures Old Nostalgia in “So Easy” Video (premiere)

RV is the perfect package. They’ve got a hot sound that you know but doesn’t overtly bite from the bands of the now. And along with a genuinely entertaining live show, they look tyght as hell doing it. When you see the four of them up on stage banging out jangly rock tunes, you can’t help but want to be a part of their vibe — and I’m not sayin’ this because we all consistently complement each other on how we dress. To put it bluntly, their one of Orlando’s best young bands with grander potential than just about anyone.

In their debut music videothe band perfectly captures what I believe is their aura, nostalgia for a day at the beach that happened before you were born. Does that make sense? See, when I listen to RV, I feel like I’m in the grainy pieced-together world that is this new video. The songs aren’t inherently sad, but something about the way Justin’s voice lulls over the sparkling guitars gives me a sense of longing, but one that doesn’t entirely feel my own. It’s like I’m in the early-’60s, a time when our country still had its blinded innocence — as can be seen by the very alive JFK in the video. Overall, “So Easy” is a great commercial for their forthcoming album Anywhere, out this spring.

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WAITRESS – “Ashes/Diamonds”

WAITRESS was brought to my attention by the impeccable Matt Kamm. Kamm, who moonlights as one-fourth of Me Chinese, is producing the four-piece’s forthcoming album. Over the past month, Patrick Walsh, the group’s head, has been releasing his own home recordings on band’s Soundcloud, with the latest being the new wave-y “Ashes/Diamonds.”

The bulk of the new song is its extended verses. An electronic hi-hat tambours above merging guitar and synth lines. The thin instrumentation moves at a creeping speed, with vocalist Walsh’s ghostly hums floating in the mix. He delivers vague lines that further the song’s mystique. In the breaks between verses, Walsh repeatedly apologizes for his friends and “last night.” His sincerity seems flat, given his tone. The words “drab” and “posh” keep coming to mind when I hear WAITRESS’ music. This music is above us, and I’m eager for more. It’s a cruel, cruel summer. Enjoy.

hear more from WAITRESS on the Orlando edition of “just some songs”

The Woolly Bushmen – “Weepin’ Eyes”

The Woolly Bushmen have been trucking around Orlando for some time now. The first time I saw them was like four years ago at this really small, shitty bar across the street from UCF. I had just moved to Orlando and was dipping my toes into Orlando’s musical cesspool. That night, I did my best Pulp Fiction-style “dance” moves, while The Bushmen ripped through a set of tunes that sounded like something right off of the Pulp Fiction Soundtrack. That bar, along with the rest of the douche-filled clubs in that strip, is long gone, but The Bushmen are still kickin’. Proof: they’ve just dropped a new song, “Weepin’ Eyes.”

On “Weepin’ Eyes,” I imagine the light organ line accompanying me on a stroll down a long boardwalk. As it keeps a steady pace, Simon Palombi promises the girl he loves solace after her lover deserts her, only to be left alone in his own puddle of tears. Sorrow has never sounded so summery. Enjoy.

Dec△des In Sp△in – ‘Light/Science/Primer’ EP

In October 2013, Orlando-based progressive garage group Decades In Spain released their debut, self-titled EP. What struck me most about Decades In Spain was the bright guitar work of Marc Hernandez and Alex Langfur. The band’s latest EP Light/Science/Primer, released yesterday, is no different – in fact, everything has expanded. The two juxtapose thick distorted chords with a crispy, intricate web of melodies and solos. Throughout the EP, the guitar tones are always mutating, creating a fresh atmosphere with each new song.

Both song structure and production have both been greatly improved upon, with mixing credits going to Ryan Roman. Overall, Decades In Spain have crafted a handful of really enjoyable tunes. They’re improving as a band, and I will continue look forward to all their future output. Enjoy.

Decades In Spain are playing a show with Transcendental Telecom, Zap Dragon & the Attack, and Clean Demon at The Copper Rocket this Saturday. Give Light/Science/Primer a listen, and if you like what you hear, go check ’em out!

Washer – “Rot”

Is it possible for a song to be beautifully lazy? If the lethargic elements in question add to the song’s overall tone, then I’d say yes. Case in point, NYC duo Washer’s couch-locked anthem, “Rot”. The vocals are less-than-eager. The slide guitar slinks around, as if to say, “eh.” When the song explodes, it does so out of idle frustration. “Rot” is about the realization that your life is slipping away, but knowing you lack the motivation to do anything about it. “All I wanna do is rot.” Enjoy.

Hear more from Washer on their Bandcamp.

The New Lows – “This Crime”

Fuck you, pop punk. Seriously, anytime I hear the term “pop punk,” all I can think of is washed-out guitar music, drained of all real punk attitude. Pop punk is not punk music with sweet melodies – hell, most songs of any have some sort of catchy element – it’s punk music at its most generic: repetitive guitar, lackluster vocals, and whiny bullshit. OK, you get the idea. Unnecessary rant over.

I say all of this, because Orlando boys The New Lows‘ new track “This Crime” is the antithesis of my earlier ramblings. It has soul – punk soul, but soul all the same. The guitar is repetitive, but with purpose. And vocalist Mike Levin is no Susan Boyle, but his spitfire lines are not short on passion. I’m glad to hear The New Lows continuing to carry Orlando punk scene’s black flag – pun intended – with joyous new anthems. So thank you, The New Lows. And fuck you, pop punk. Enjoy.

The New Lows are playing The Fest 13, so get on that shit!


Hear more at The New Low’s Bandcamp.